John Gwaltney, Mayor
I hope each of you had a good Passover/Easter weekend. The Easter egg hunt was not as well attended as previous years. I suspect that is because we had to move it to Sunday, away from the usual Saturday event time. We didn’t like to move it, but there was no other choice because of the forecasted rain and it caused the employees to have to work on Sunday. Everyone that did attend seemed to have had a good time. With the lower attendance, there were a lot more eggs for each child, and I doubt that any of them minded that.
Back in April 2015, I told you that we had some long range projects that were coming out of the planning stage and moving to the action stage that will make you say, “Wow, what a great improvement.” Then in February of this year, I announced to you that we were in the final stages of the project to replace all the curbs, plus put in sidewalks and decorative street lights. Now, the call for bids has gone out and the work has been awarded to Spencer Construction for phase one of the project. The entire project will require 4 or 5 phases. Each phase will need to bid separately. The construction on Phase one is set to start Next Monday, April 9th.(weather permitting) Construction will begin in the area directly East of Kratz School. (St. Girard, St. Jerome, Beauty Ln. etc) and move north along Holman Ln until it reconnects with Edmundson Rd. Spencer Construction will distribute flyers to the affected homes, notifying you that work is about to begin at your address. In the building of new curbs and sidewalks, you will receive a new driveway entrance reaching as far as the city’s right of way. If you would want your entire driveway done, by law, you would need to pay for that yourself, and Spencer is willing to contract with you for that. When you get your notification flyer, the contact information for Spencer Construction will be included and you can contract with them to extend the work to include the entire driveway. Also some of our homes have sidewalks that do not go all the way to the street. This would be a good time to get them connected to the new sidewalk alongside the street.
If you have special needs to accommodate any physical challenges, you should contact Public Works Director, Chuck Nunn- 314-568-5130 or firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP and provide your name, address and contact information so that he can provide the construction companies with a list. There will be some inconveniences as there are with any street work, but know that we are going to move the work along as quickly as possible. Some phases will begin before the previous phase is finished. As before, with other projects you have demonstrated great patience and a willingness to plan ahead to minimize your own inconvenience. I ask that of you again, please. This is one of those projects that, when finished, will make you proud to say you live in Edmundson. This will make our city shine like a diamond on black velvet. Of course, let us not forget that the original point was to provide a way for the children to walk to and from school without having to walk in the streets where it is dangerous and inconvenient for the motorist. This will also provide a safe place for joggers.
This year has been going very fast. Some of the outdoor BBQs will be starting up this month, next month, our concerts in the park will start on May 17th and we will probably open the splash pad about that same time. More about that in next month’s newsletter.
Thought to ponder: What could be better than working to bring out the best in one another? — Be a good neighbor.¨